When it was introduced the match could be restarted, UEFA stated in an announcement the choice was made “following the request made by gamers of each groups,” however Braithwaite says that the gamers weren’t ready to play the match.
“We had two selections from UEFA, to exit and play the match instantly or play the following day at midday,” he stated throughout a press convention on Monday. “None of these selections have been good. We took the lesser of two evils to complete the match. Most of the gamers weren’t in a situation to play this match. We have been in a unique house.
“It was not our want. These have been the one choices we had. We had two choices and in that state of affairs have been instructed we needed to decide. That’s all I can say on that.
“Had we wished there was a 3rd choice since you do not need to go and play soccer in that manner, however UEFA says we had two choices — play instantly or the next day at midday. These have been the choices we had.”
“UEFA is bound it handled the matter with utmost respect for the delicate state of affairs and for the gamers,” the governing physique instructed CNN in an announcement. “It was determined to restart the match solely after the 2 groups requested to complete the sport on the identical night.
“The gamers’ want for 48 hours’ relaxation between matches eradicated different choices.”
On Sunday, Denmark’s workforce physician stated Eriksen “was gone” earlier than being resuscitated from cardiac arrest.
Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, who helped consolation Eriksen’s associate together with the pitch, described the incident as a “violent expertise” for him and his teammates.
“The toughest half was the considered what might occur,” he stated on Monday. “The consequence that may very well be. His spouse and kids and his household have been to take a seat and watch it. That was undoubtedly the toughest half.
“For me, the one heroes there are the docs who saved him,” Schmeichel added when requested in regards to the gamers being portrayed as heroes. “We’re skilled soccer gamers and dedicate our lives to enjoying soccer, however these individuals dedicate their lives to saving lives.
“Having the ability to do it beneath regular circumstances is a miracle. However to have the ability to do it beneath the circumstances that they have been in right here … I can not describe how a lot admiration I’ve for them.
“It’s a violent expertise to need to see a pal and teammate mendacity and combating. It’s clear that you’re very moved by this, however he’s right here right now and I am very, very grateful for that. I’m grateful for the docs we have now. Our docs, physiotherapists and the paramedics who ran on the sector and helped him … it is a miracle that they did what they did.”